Edit Your Schedule
by Sheri Rose Shepherd
The enemy doesn’t have to completely defeat us in order to win the battle for our energy and time. All he has to do is distract us, and his victory comes easily. And we know distraction, don’t we? Nothing burns us women out more than excessive busyness. No time to rest, relax, reflect, or restore ourselves. Somehow we feel—consciously or otherwise—that if our schedules aren’t packed with places to go, people to see, and endless things to do, we must not be important. Or maybe we are so concerned about what others will think that we are not willing to set healthy boundaries. When my schedule gets overloaded, my family suffers, my health suffers, and my relationship with God suffers. The devil wants us weak on all these fronts because then he can take us down.
Keep in mind that “if the devil can’t make us bad, his next trick is to make us busy.” If we are too busy to spend time with God or too busy to spend time with the loved ones who need us, then we are busier than our King wants us to be. We need to set our schedule so that it accurately reflects our priorities. To help you determine those priorities, ask yourself the following questions.
• What really matters most to me in my life?
• In what ways can I be replaced—and in what roles am I genuinely irreplaceable?
• Am I overwhelmed by my schedule?
• Is my health suffering because I have no time to rest?
• Am I spending enough time with the people I love?
• When I say yes to something or someone, to what and to whom am I saying no?
• Do I set healthy boundaries around my schedule and commitments?
God is a gentle and loving Father. Take time to be still in His presence today. In that quiet place, you will find rest for your soul and redirection for your life. When you are worn out and in need of supernatural strength, you will find it in God. If you can’t hear Him, it may be because you are too distracted to hear His gentle whisper. God loves it when you live life to the fullest and have passion for the things that you do. But He is also pleased when you sit silently and wait for Him. He will pour out His Spirit on you so that you can be energized to do what He has called you to do.
Hearing with our ears and hearing God in our spirits are two different things. Sometimes we’re so desperate for direction that we aren’t still enough to hear God’s whispered directions to us. Instead of talking to God, listen for Him by sitting in silence and asking Him to speak to your spirit. God’s voice is best heard in our silence.
Remove all of the distractions in my life—anything that speaks louder than you. Quiet my spirit so I can hear Your gentle whisper. Please take control of my schedule and convict me, Holy Spirit, about what’s on my calendar that is not of Kingdom or eternal value. I want to invest wisely my days on this earth. Help me to spend more time with You so I can hear Your voice despite life’s busyness. Forgive me, God, for being too busy for what really matters—living out my love for You and my love for others. I surrender my schedule to You. Amen.
Sheri Rose Shepherd is an award-winning author, Bible life coach and humorist with over one million books sold. Her life experiences help her identify with almost any woman’s battle. She grew up in a broken home and was severely overweight as a teen; she also experienced depression, dyslexia and an eating disorder. Through God’s strength, Sheri Rose has become a bestselling author and popular speaker at events nationwide, including Women of Joy and Extraordinary Women. Her weekly video devotions are featured on Bible Gateway. Visit her online at hisprincess.com.
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